The Lexus GX is finally coming here with its boxy new third-generation model, and some more details have been revealed ahead of its launch.
Due here in the first half of 2024, a dealer source has confirmed the GX will be offered in three variants: the seven-seat GX 550 and GX 550 Sports Luxury, and the five-seat GX 550 Overtrail.
All use a twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre petrol V6 engine producing 260kW of power and 650Nm of torque, mated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. A braked towing capacity of 3500kg is standard across the range.
While full specifications have yet to be revealed, the Sports Luxury will differ from the base GX 550 through the addition of the following features:
- Adaptive variable suspension
- Hands-free power tailgate
- Refrigerated coolbox
- Heated steering wheel
- Digital rear-view mirror
It’ll also offer a 21-speaker Mark Levinson sound system instead of a standard 11-speaker system, and upgrade from 20 to 22-inch alloy wheels.
The Overtrail also slots above the base GX 550 but takes a different direction, with a greater focus on off-road ability.
It drops the third row of seating and rides on smaller 18-inch alloy wheels.
While it has adaptive variable suspension like the Sports Luxury, it additionally offers the Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS) and an electronic rear differential lock.
It also features the coolbox, but has unique black exterior trim including the pillars, door handles, side mirrors, window moulding and rocker panels.
Interior colourways across the GX range are as follows:
- Dark Grey (base, Sports Luxury)
- Chateau (a cream/black two-tone offered on Sports Luxury, Overtrail)
- Saddle Tan (Sports Luxury)
The following exterior colours will be available:
- Graphite Black (all models)
- Sonic Quartz (all models)
- Mercury Grey (base, Sports Luxury)
- Titanium (base, Sports Luxury)
- Titanium Carbide Grey (base, Sports Luxury)
- Khaki Metal (base, Sports Luxury)
- Deep Blue (base, Sports Luxury)
The Overtrail is also offered with a choice of four two-tone colour schemes, with the body colour contrasted with a darker roof. These two-tone schemes comprise:
- Titanium Carbide Grey
- Moon Desert
- Khaki Metal
While the GX will initially be offered here only with a twin-turbo petrol V6, Lexus has confirmed a hybrid option is coming but has yet to announce it for our market.
Regardless of which model you opt for, the GX has a full-time four-wheel drive, a low-range transfer case, and a locking centre differential.
Its 2850mm wheelbase mirrors that of the larger LX, although at 5004mm long, 2114mm wide (including the mirrors), and up to 1935mm tall the GX is actually 96mm shorter in the body if slightly taller.
The GX has double-wishbone front and four-link rear suspension, and the Overtrail variant uses an E-KDSS suspension system designed to improve wheel articulation and ground contact.
Inside, a 14-inch touchscreen infotainment is standard. There’s also a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display.
Lexus says it has retained physical dials for all the key bits and pieces you need to poke and prod on the move.
While Lexus has offered the GX since 2002, always as a more luxurious version of the Toyota Prado, it has never been offered in right-hand drive markets until now.
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